Rep. Tim Walberg says Gaza ‘should be like Nagasaki and Hiroshima’

A Republican lawmaker from Michigan openly mused at a town hall last week about wiping out Gaza, telling his constituents that “it should be like Nagasaki and Hiroshima.”

“Get this over with quickly,” Rep. Tim Walberg said, according to a video appeared online from the March 25 event in Dundee, Michigan.

His remarks, invoking the US atomic bombings of Japan during World War II while discussing his opposition to US humanitarian aid to Gaza, drew swift condemnation, including at least one request his resignation. He said his comments were taken out of context and the video only showed part of his response.

Justin Amash, a former Republican colleague in the House of Representatives in Michigan and a Palestinian-American, denounced Mr. Walberg for his comments: write on Saturday, they “show total indifference to human suffering.

“The people of Gaza are our fellow human beings – many of them children trapped in horrific circumstances beyond their individual control,” Mr. Amash wrote. “For him to suggest that hundreds of thousands of innocent Palestinians be annihilated, including my own loved ones sheltering in an Orthodox Christian church, is reprehensible and indefensible. »

Mr. Amash, the only Republican member of Congress to support the first impeachment of President Trump, left the Republican Party in 2019 as he faced attacks from Mr. Trump. Mr. Amash is run in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Michigan.

In an article on On Sunday morning, Mr. Walberg, 72, a former pastor and longtime House member who represents southern Michigan, sought to clean up his remarks and accused his critics of misrepresenting his remarks.

“As a child growing up during the Cold War era, the last thing I would advocate would be the use of nuclear weapons,” he wrote. “In an abbreviated clip, I used a metaphor to express the need for Israel and Ukraine to win their wars as quickly as possible, without putting American troops at risk.”

Mr. Walberg’s office also provided an audio recording and transcript of the exchange that prompted his remarks. He was asked why the United States was spending money to build a pier to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza.

“We should not spend a cent on humanitarian aid,” he said, according to the recording. “It should be like Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Get it over with quickly. The same should be true in Ukraine. Defeat Putin quickly. Instead of devoting 80 percent of our funds to Ukraine for humanitarian purposes, we should dedicate 80 to 100 percent to annihilating Russian forces, if that is what we want to do.”

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